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Elder Justice Newsletter Highlights “No Harm” Deficiencies – LTCCC

Below is a link to our latest Elder Justice Newsletter, published jointly with the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Substandard care and insufficient staffing are widespread and serious problems that have been in the news all too often lately. The nursing home industry has complained for decades that facilities don’t get enough money to hire more staff and that basic safety standards are too Read More >>

Frontline Workers in NYC Face Uphill Battle for Workers Comp After Contracting COVID-19 – amNY

Many New York healthcare workers have gotten COVID-19 from patients in their care, yet some employers are discouraging them from seeking workers compensation benefits, according to amNY. The recent story says the employees’ benefits would come from insurance companies many of whom have stashed billions in profits from the private workers comp system over the years. The story adds that many Read More >>

New York Lawmakers Want To Strip Nursing Homes of Coronavirus Lawsuit Immunity – New York Post

Two state legislators from New York City have announced a bill that would repeal the controversial law that shields nursing homes and hospitals from liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the New York Post. On April 3, Governor Cuomo signed the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act, granting healthcare facilities and their employees “immunity from any liability, civil or Read More >>

Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits? Q&A for New York Frontline Healthcare Workers

If you are a frontline healthcare worker, chances are you or one of your co-workers became ill and were unable to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 78,000 of these essential workers across the U.S. have contracted the coronavirus so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many have been left to pay household and medical expenses while at home fighting the Read More >>

LET OUR PEOPLE IN: A Blueprint for Restoring Residents’ Rights to Visitation and Care – LTCCC

Background. Visits from family and friends are vital to the health and well-being of residents in long term care facilities. In addition to providing the social connection and emotional support that all humans need to thrive, visitors provide essential monitoring and care. Too many residents have been robbed of this essential right at a time when they have needed it most. In March, the Centers Read More >>

John Dalli Warns That Immunity for Nursing Homes Will Cause More Resident Deaths – New York Daily News

By granting nursing homes immunity from liability for negligent care during the COVID-19 health emergency, Governor Cuomo has taken away from elderly residents the protections that the law provides to keep them safe in these facilities. The regulations that the Governor lifted have been in place for over 50 years and are the one thing that kept owners of nursing homes in check: laws with teeth Read More >>

Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Deaths Surge and Could Even Be Higher According to Latest CDC Data – NPR

More than 60,000 front-line healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 while more than 300 have died according to an NPR story on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). What’s more disturbing is that the data doesn’t provide a complete picture of the coronavirus impact among front-line healthcare workers “because only 21% of the case reports sent Read More >>

Elder Justice Newsletter Highlighting “No Harm” Deficiencies – LTCCC

Below is a link to the latest Elder Justice Newsletter, published jointly by the Long Term Care Community Coalition and the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Substandard care and insufficient staffing are widespread and serious problems that have been in the news all too often lately. The nursing home industry has complained for decades that facilities don’t get enough money to hire more staff and Read More >>

Coronavirus Hits New Jersey Nursing Home That Had Already Restricted Visitation – Philadelphia Inquirer

TIM TAI / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Three residents and two employees at a New Jersey nursing home tested positive for the coronavirus last week even though the facility had already suspended visitation for residents, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Stacey Burling and Pranshu Verma. The Laurel Brook Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Mount Laurel, NJ is Read More >>

Nursing Home Update: Latest Data Indicate Severe Nurse Understaffing – LTCCC

February 26, 2020 – Sufficient staffing is vital to a nursing home resident’s quality of care and ability to live with dignity. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to comply with federal law requiring facilities to provide sufficient care staff and to have a registered nurse on duty eight hours a day, seven days a week. As demonstrated by the newest federal nursing home data (third quarter of Read More >>